Mar 252020
 

Give ear to my words, O LORD;

give heed to my sighing.

Listen to the sound of my cry,

my King and my God,

for to you I pray.

O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;

in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch . . .

. . . But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

let them ever sing for joy.

Spread your protection over them,

so that those who love your name may exult in you.

For you bless the righteous, O LORD;

you cover them with favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:1–3, 11–12)

Today, the psalmist gets up out of bed and things are not looking so good; she already seems to know what the day will bring and she cries out to God in the midst of her sighing. It’s as if she knows that what she will be facing this day will be difficult, perhaps even too difficult to bear. So she begs God, pleads with God, to hear her, to listen to her, to respond to her and in so doing, she lets us all in on one of the worst kept secrets: that life is hard. So the psalmist’s first inclination of the day as her feet hit the floor is to cry out to God.

I think there’s something liberating about this; there’s something freeing about claiming that we are needy creatures – that we need God, that we need one another, that we don’t have to pretend like we’ve got everything together all the time. But perhaps the most liberating news of all – for the psalmist and for us – is that we all profess our need trusting, expecting, even knowing that God’s strength will keep us going. This is good news – for the psalmist and for us – during challenging times. So let us take our cues from the psalmist who begins her day professing her own need and her reliance on God’s strength, knowing that God will be there.

Updates

  1. In accordance with Federal, State, and Local declarations and taking into account the best practices from other countries fighting this global pandemic, we have decided to extend the closure of our building and the cancelation of all programming in our building through at least Sunday, May 10.
  2. At this time, there are still no confirmed cases of this virus in Wilkes County, but we remain vigilant in doing our part to prevent its spread.
  3. If you begin to feel sick with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please do not go to the hospital. Instead, healthcare workers are directing people to contact the Health Department (651-7450) to set up an appointment for a drive-up test, after which, individuals should remain self-quarantined until the test results come back.
  4. As a reminder, we have some foodstuffs in the office to hand out should you know of people who are in need or if you yourself have need of it.
  5. Continue to pray for those in our community in the deepest need and if you hear of community needs, please let us know by calling the office.
  6. You may want to utilize the Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for devotional reading – you can access the resource here: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/yearbook/
  7. Keep up to date with the latest information by visiting our website or Facebook page.

Thank you for your ongoing thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and may God’s peace be with you all.                      -rc

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